Amis Poetry Analysis

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Davie has known the relevance of Amis’ poetry with the political issue of the period after Second World War and in this connection he says: “ Amis’ poetry, however, is much to our purpose, since for more than his novels it concerns itself quite explicitly with political issues. It does so not under Hardyesque but rather under Gravesian auspices…”( Davie, Thomas Hardy and British Poetry 358 ). Amis also befriended Jennings at Oxford and for a time became her literary mentor, though she was hardly an ironist in vein of Amis, Wain and Larkin. They were all composing poems at the time. One of the poems, Retrospect seems to have influenced Jennings’s poem Delay for their endings are strikingly similar. Amis’s conclusion: “And love is always moving else” ((Amis, Collected Poems 32) resounds in Jennings’s words: “And love arrived may find us somewhere else”( Jennings, The Collected Poems 11).Their poetry appeared together in Oxford Poetry (1948). Amis noted two things in Movement poets held in common: “a desire to be lucid if nothing else, and a liking for strict and fairly simple verse forms” (Brennan 19). “Against Romanticism” presents Amis’s disavowal of romanticism and is one of the Movement’s most enduring poems, fixes its credo in both positive and negative terms. He explains the growth of romanticism but he makes no choice between its forceful principles and the dilemma it poses for adherents unable to harness its force. He contrasts those misled by prophesies and vision

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